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Siblings and staying safe

Siblings and staying safe

This week we’re talking about how to stay safe if your brother or sister is displaying challenging behaviour. Siblings tell us that it can be frightening if their disabled brother or sister has a meltdown or tries to hurt them. It’s important make a plan to stay safe such as going into the garden or finding a safe space in your home when this happens. Although this might be quite difficult at the moment as everybody is around more, it’s still important to stay safe. It’s not OK to be frightened and it’s not OK to be hurt. If you are finding it hard to be around your disabled brother or sister because they are displaying challenging behaviour, you must

  1. Tell a parent or trusted adult that you don’t feel safe and are worried about getting hurt
  2. Ask them to help you to make a plan about how to stay safe
  3. Find a space in your home that you can go to until the meltdown or episode of challenging behaviour has finished

If you are frightened and think that you might be in danger, phone Childline on 08001111.  Remember, things will get better and you will be able to get back to your normal routine in the future. Let us know how you are getting on with staying safe at home.

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